The Aquisition

By , July 24, 2009 8:47 pm

Our RV is a 1999 Fleetwood Storm 29V.  It’s actually 30 feet long, but it’s on a 29 foot frame, so it’s a 29V.  We bought it on eBay from a dealer I’d been watching for months.  The dealer had excellent feedback, good prices, offered a warranty and did a lot of upgrading to the units they offered.  The Storm popped up on eBay and seemed pretty close to perfect for us.  Small enough to park in National Parks (they often have a 35 foot limit), big enough to live in comfortably and laid out brilliantly.  I’ll go into the layout in a future post, as it’s kind of different than most others I’ve seen.

I called the dealer to ask some questions, then we pulled the trigger and bought it.  Don’t ask how much… that’s kind of like asking how much someone makes or how old someone is.  For what it is, it was cheap.  That’s all I’m saying on that.

We then flew down to Texas to pick up the RV.  Marilyn (the dealer) picked us up at the airport and took us back to her lot.  She, her husband Kevin, and all their staff were great.  The only thing we would have really liked a bit more was a thorough walkthrough of how everything worked.  We got a very quick rundown, but we later learned that there was a lot more to know about.

We stayed in the lot that day while they did some minor work and installed a few extras we wanted (like a backup camera and an outside shower).  We also ran to the store a few times and out to dinner, but otherwise just prepared for the trip home.

We left the next morning, guided by a GPS and some map software on Dasy’s laptop.  Our main goals the first day were to go 500 miles and to stop at Camping World for some supplies and extra equipment we wanted for the RV.

We found a Camping World at Hammond, LA (N30 28.924 W90 32.756), where we picked up a bunch of stuff.  The main things we were looking for were a pressure regulator and a surge suppressor for the RV.  I’ll probably post something up about those two some other time, they’re stuff you should know about if you have an RV.

After spending some time there, we continued East to Slidell, then North up I-59. View over the lake at Little Black Creek Water Park Luckily, one of the things we picked up was a Woodall’s Camping Directory.  Around 7:30 (later than we’d hoped, partially due to some horrible traffic) we managed to find Little Black Creek Water Park in Lumberton, MS (N31 05.105 W89 29.425).  It’s a county park that has a LOT of spots.  We paid the extra $2 for a lakeside lot, although it wouldn’t have mattered too much…  It would have been a nice spot no matter where we ended up.

The first real night in the RV went well with a few minor exceptions…  I couldn’t get the water connected correctly, so I managed to get fairly well soaked several times when I turned it on.  I also found out that we have a pretty nasty plumbing leak when we use the pump.  Oh, and I couldn’t fill the water tanks from the city water connection.  Lots of stuff I’m going to have to figure out. :S

That was pretty much day one of the trip…  Days two and three to come soon!

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2 Responses to “The Aquisition”

  1. a really beautiful park, try for a lake spot u wont be disapointed , spent 1 year there in a fema trailor , really got to know the place prety good, supermarket located in purvis, ms, bring your own grill, they hav em but they ain t too good, small but neice store, laundromat,flat bottom boat rental, very nicely shaded pull ins, watch out for ants, no problem with skeeters

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